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Tips For Reducing Energy Consumption

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When it comes to green living, reducing the amount of energy you use is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do. While electricity itself is not unfriendly to the environment, the production of it is as most of the facilities we use to generate electricity are powered by fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not renewable and the output from these facilities produces carbon which leads to global warming.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to reduce your energy consumption and the bonus is that you’ll also save money on your utility bill!

1. If you’re not using it, then unplug it. Many electronic devices today have LED’s that draw energy even if the device is not powered on. Your VCR, Coffee Maker and even your electric toothbrush all use a little bit of energy when plugged in. Those little bits can quickly add up, so when your appliances are not in use, try to get into the habit of unplugging them.


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2. Shut down your computer. While it’s nice to have your computer always ready for use, it also uses a lot of electricity. When you go to bed at night, power off the computer, monitor and printer.


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3. Get a programmable thermostat. Getting an automatic thermostat can be a great way to reduce your heating costs, be it from oil, gas or electricity. With a programmable thermostat you can set it to the optimum temperatures and then forget about it. Set it to 68 degrees Fahrenheit for daytime use when people will be home and 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you are sleeping or at work.


4. Make your water heat more efficient. Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and get an insulated sleeve for it to insure it is working as efficiently as possible.


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5. Use your lighting wisely. Switch to more energy efficient lighting like LED lights or compact fluorescent lights and be sure that you don’t leave lights on overnight or when no one is in the room.

6. Energy efficient laundry. Even doing laundry can be an opportunity to save on energy. Make sure you always clean the lint basket after each load and be sure to set the appropriate water level in your washer. Doing these will help your washer and dryer run more efficiently.

Hang clothes on the line, if it is only larger items that tangle in the dryer such as sheets, bedspreads  etc. When you wash drapes or curtains put them directly onto the rods to dry.

When using the dryer add two or three dry bath towels to the dryer load it will cut the drying time drastically. Always push the off button on the washer and dryer as it uses energy is the lights are one.
7. Set the right temps in your fridge. Your refrigerator should be set to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit for most efficient use. Also, make sure you clean out all the dust bunnies behind and underneath the fridge.

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8. Don’t run the dishwasher until it is full. Make sure there is a full load in the dishwasher before you run it and use the energy saving cycle.

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9. Buy energy efficient appliance. Using energy efficient appliances can help reduce energy usage as well as your electric bill so the next time you are in the market for a new appliance, make sure you look at the energy star rating and.

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Examples Of How Going Green Saves You Money





mxcpKermit+The+FrogThere are many examples of how going green saves you money. Kermit the Frog was wrong – it IS easy being green, and it saves you money at the same time. As the planet faces a period of warming where our actions are believed to be the prime cause, it makes sense to seek out examples of how going green saves you money and act on them.


That cell phone charger that stays plugged in, the DVD player that waits for the occasional playing, and the TV that sits on standby all night, these are prime examples of how going green saves you money – if you unplug them, that is.



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Other examples are your washer and dryer. When you finish your laundry press the button that says off. As log as the lights are on they are using power. For even if the items are not working, they are consuming energy!

Another of the prime examples of how going green saves you money is switching from bottled water to filtered tap water. The average family spends some $1,400 a year on bottled water. And the worst part is that 95% of the plastic bottles are not recycled! For less than $100 you could get a high quality staged water filter to make your tap water perfect.    mxcpwater001


Examples of how going green saves you money are everywhere. Do you drive as fast as the law allows? You shouldn’t. Car engines perform most efficiently at around 55 miles an hour. If you combine that with gentle driving on properly inflated tires, you will save money and help the planet too.


You could always use a bicycle to travel around town. Or you could simply walk for those short trips. You won’t be pouring hydrocarbons into the atmosphere, warming the planet, you will save money, and you will get some good exercise at the same time. Walking and cycling when you can are excellent examples of how going green saves you money.





Some 65 million newspapers are printed every day in the US. Some 70% of them will not be recycled. What a waste of trees! You can do your bit to help, and read whatever news you want to read at the same time simply by going online. Very few newspapers don’t have an online presence these days, so save some money and read from the web pages.

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If you do get a daily or Sunday paper put it through a paper shredder  to add the shreds  to your compost. It will prevent the production o f methane gas.

Do you want more examples of how going green saves you money? They are all around you. Just look and you certainly will find them.

Also keep in mind that LED TVs use much less electricity. Some are listed as estimated cost per year $5 -$10/ year

Save Some Green While Going Green


What could be better than helping out the environment?  Why, saving some money while you are helping out the environment, of course!

Of course, most everyone wants to lower their carbon footprint and help the environment be healthier but if you can save money doing it, then you have the best of both worlds.  Luckily, there are many ways to go green and save some green at the same time.  Here are 5 things you can do that will help boost your bank account and the environment:

  1. Buy Second Hand – most people don’t think of buying second hand stuff as being environmentally consciences but when you buy something second hand it helps to keep that item from ending up in a landfill.  Not only that but buying second hand can save you a bundle!  Plus buying something used doesn’t mean you have to settle for something that is broken or damaged – there are plenty of brand new items waiting for you to pick them up.  Great places to shop for second hand goods include eBay, Craigslist, yard sales, flea markets and Consignment stores. Even designers buy second hand and may just have it reupholstered in a smart print. Also check a site called Free On this site you can get whatever you need for Free you just have to pick it up. i once saw a Gazabo on this site for free.
  2. Energy Efficient Lighting – Swapping your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting might cost a bit at first, but it can save you a bundle in the long run in energy costs.  In fact, fluorescent lights use 1/3 the energy that incandescent do and, since lighting is typically one of the largest energy uses in any home, this could save you 25% or more on your bill.  Not only that but compact fluorescent lights last 10 times longer so you won’t have to buy them nearly as often.  Want even more savings?  Then seek out the new LED lighting – they are more efficient and the lighting itself is much better than the fluorescent bulbs..
  3. Save On Paper Towels – If you’re anything like me, you probably use a ton of paper towels in the kitchen.  They’re great for wiping up spills, drying off  your hands and putting food on but what do you think happens with them once you are don?  Right – they end up in the landfill!  You can reduce your costs for paper towels and lighten the load on the landfills by using cloth kitchen towels instead.  Invest in a bunch of them and make sure they are handing for wiping up.  You’ll be amazed at how few paper towels you really need! I use the microfiber cloths instead of paper towels they are washable and reusable. I have a stack in the kitchen and bathroom and with my cleaning supplies to be handy I then wash them without fabric softener and hang them out to dry. Microfiber Cloth Multi Colored Microfiber Towels Thumb Lightweight Microfiber Glass Towel 2
  4. Eat More Veggies – Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat is better for your health, but did you realize that it’s also better for the environment?  Yes, it’s true, raising cattle takes a huge toll on the environment.  Plus beef costs more than vegetables so why not help your health and the environment by replacing a few of your meaty meals with vegetarian choices?
  5. Conserve Water – There are many options in faucets today that will help you conserve water which, of course help the environment and saves you on your water bill. You can get low flow faucets and smart faucets that will automatically shut off after a certain amount of time or sense when something is under it – turn the water on and then sense when nothing is under it and turn the water off. I read an article on saving water and it said to always use the dishwasher as that takes 15 gals of water while washing dishes by hand takes 30 gals. Well I have a problem there we do not have a dishwasher and we really have no room for one. When I do dishes I use one of two methods. First is to put about 4 inches of soapy water in the sink and wash all the plates and put them in the other sink. Then stop and rinse those and put in the drainer. The same with glasses, cause dishes etc until done. The other method is to use a brush with a well for dish washing liquid in it and just a little water to clean the dishes and then rinse. Both work quite well. The other suggestion was to not use the disposal since it requires a lot of water but to compost vegetable peelings etc.  Just keep in mind you need to put cut up news paper between layers of compost to avoid over production of methane gases.
  6. Emeril Lagasse once said to tell your Thanksgiving guest that you were starting a new tradition composting scraps and providing a large platter for them to use for that purpose. Hello Emeril our grandparents and great grandparents always composted as a habit to keep the environment clean. I remember my grandmother composting the watermelon peals and seeds after a family reunion. She dug a hole in the asparagus garden and composted them there. The next year she did not have to buy the watermelon it was growing in the asparagus bed. That was ideal since the asparagus is  a spring crop. I also thought it was ironic that there are only two natural sources of Diuretics asparagus and watermelon.  I personally make watermelon pickles also known as candied watermelon rind, so you only have the peels and seeds to compost.

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